From: Larry McVoy <email@example.com>
To: Douglas McIlroy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: TUHS main list <email@example.com>
Subject: [TUHS] Re: Has this been discussed on-list? How Unix changed Software.
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2022 10:13:25 -0700 [thread overview]
Message-ID: <20220906171325.GU31856@mcvoy.com> (raw)
On Tue, Sep 06, 2022 at 11:07:19AM -0400, Douglas McIlroy wrote:
> > (Research) Unix ... 'shipped' with zero known bugs.
> It wasn't a Utopia. Right from the start man pages reported BUGS,
> though many were infelicities, not implementation errors.
> Dennis once ran a demo of a ubiquitous bug: buffer overflow. He fed a
> 2000-character line on stdin to every program in /bin. Many crashed.
> Nobody was surprised; and nobody was moved to fix the offenders. The
> misdesign principle that "no real-life input looks like that" fell
> into disrepute, but the bad stuff lived on. Some years down the road a
> paper appeared (in CACM?) that repeated Dennis's exercise.
Maybe this one?
B.P. Miller, L. Fredriksen, and B. So, "An Empirical Study of the Reliability
of UNIX Utilities", Communications of the ACM 33, 12 (December 1990).
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2022-09-06 15:07 Douglas McIlroy
2022-09-06 17:13 ` Larry McVoy [this message]
2022-09-07 1:40 ` steve jenkin
2022-09-07 2:33 ` segaloco via TUHS
2022-09-07 4:08 ` Steve Jenkin
2022-09-07 13:08 ` Steffen Nurpmeso
2022-09-07 14:56 ` Larry McVoy
2022-09-07 21:27 ` Steve Jenkin
2022-09-07 22:36 ` Larry McVoy
2022-09-08 14:42 ` Paul Winalski
2022-09-08 15:02 ` Larry McVoy
2022-09-08 15:04 ` ron minnich
2022-09-08 15:52 ` Warner Losh
2022-09-08 16:47 ` Paul Winalski
2022-09-08 16:50 ` segaloco via TUHS
2022-09-08 17:58 ` ron minnich
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2022-09-06 19:04 Douglas McIlroy
2022-09-05 23:48 [TUHS] " steve jenkin
2022-09-06 16:09 ` [TUHS] " Marc Donner
2022-09-07 4:00 ` steve jenkin
2022-09-07 14:58 ` John Cowan
2022-09-07 17:13 ` Paul Winalski
2022-09-08 14:12 ` Paul Winalski
2022-09-07 5:15 ` steve jenkin
2022-09-07 13:20 ` Dan Cross
2022-09-07 13:52 ` Steve Nickolas
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